Self-closing gates are a barrier to riders

Ashington rider Danielle Cork and Lola at a self-closing gate gate on a local bridleway   Photo Jeannie Knight
Ashington rider Danielle Cork and Lola at a self-closing gate gate on a local bridleway Photo Jeannie Knight

SELF-closing bridleway gates have been criticised by The British Horse Society in a report which reveals the results of research into the effect of these gates on horse riders.

The research was a response to an increasing number of reports that riders and horses had been harmed by such gates.

The society that self-closing bridle gates are neither as safe nor as easy to use for horse riders as British Standard 5709:2006 compliant non-self-closing gates.

The trial, saw experienced riders attempt a series of self-closing gates and a horse-friendly vehicle barrier to test the reliability, safety and ease of use.

Heather Clatworthy, BHS Senior Executive (Access), said: “There was no published research on the effects of self-closing gates on riders, their horses and horse riding.

“There have been some terrible injuries to both horse and riders caused bythem. The trial of these gates demonstrates they inherently neither as safe nor as easy for horse riders as British Standard 5709:2006 compliant non-self-closing gates. , They should not be used routinely on public rights of way or other land with statutory equestrian access.”